- Tickets to Axial Theatre production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull
- Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church Community House
- Seating: general admission
- Door time: 30 minutes prior to showtime; 60 minutes prior to opening night on November 8
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $22 for one ticket to the opening-night performance on Saturday, November 8, at 8 p.m. (up to $37.22 value). Opening night also includes a wine and cheese reception at 7 p.m.
- $40 for two tickets to the opening-night performance on Saturday, November 8, at 8 p.m. (up to $74.44 value)
- $16 for one ticket to your choice of performances on November 9–23 (up to $26.87 value)
- $30 for two tickets to your choice of performances on November 9–23 (up to $53.74 value)
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Upon its opening night in St. Petersburg in 1896, Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull was met with boos. Two years later, when produced by Constantin Stanislavski, it was hailed as a historically significant masterpiece. And its reputation has continued to grow ever since—the script has been translated and performed hundreds of times over, and everyone from Meryl Streep to Ian McKellen has jumped at the chance to chew on Chekhov’s biting prose.
The plot—of somewhat minor importance in this character study—centers around people who strive, and often fail, to find artistic and romantic happiness. Irina Arkadina is a famous yet fading actress whose son, playwright Konstantin, is tired of living in her shadow. He’s also jealous of her boyfriend, populist novelist Boris Trigorin, scoffing at their old-fashioned ways as he tries to invent a new theatrical form and pursue a romance with his neighbor, Nina. As Axial Theatre founder Howard Meyer explains, “We chose this work because the themes of the late 19th-century Russian classic resonate with the same power as they did over 100 years ago: the frustration of pursuing a career in the arts; the potential poisons of fame; the obsessive quality of unrequited passion.”
Since 1998, Axial Theatre’s ensemble has worked to help playwrights develop original works and actors sharpen their skills. A bi-monthly reading series gives audiences a chance to take part in the process of making new plays, from first draft to the fifth and final standing ovation. The group extends equal support to fledgling performers by offering an acting program to train the board-treading stars of the future.